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Process Room, 19.03.09- 29.03.09
Laurence Kavanagh’s work develops themes relating sculpture to film. He is interested in how sculpture might offer a temporary physical experience between past and future by creating multiple perspectives for its audience. The use of film in his work serves to create a framework from which to make three dimensional spaces out of flattened, constructed images where events all occur on top of one another. The sculptures he makes during this process balance between real and imagined space through the physical transformation of everyday objects coupled with the transference of memory through imagery.
The project shown in the Process Room at IMMA is based upon the first films shown at The Volta Cinema, Dublin when it opened in 1909. Owned by James Joyce, The Volta was the first dedicated cinema in Ireland. It was noted for showing a programme of Italian films in addition to some American, English and French films that were more commonly toured around cinemas at that time. Of the films shown at The Volta cinema when Joyce owned it there are only seventeen films still in existence.
In the process of making this work he intends to investigate the power of images transferring between people through space and objects, and also how the slippage between image and perception exposes the will to believe in what has been and what can be. The work will play on a constant shift between the human desire for both past and future, whilst fixing these moments to a specific location.
For a printable version of this information please download the following document Laurence Kavanagh: Process Room (Word doc 2000 - 92KB)
For more images please click the following linkLaurence Kavanagh, Process Room at IMMA on Flickr
With thanks to all the staff at the Irish Film Institute Archive, The BFI silent film department, Luc McKernan (curator of silent film at The British Library), the curatorial, educational and technical staff at IMMA, Maeve Connolly, Fergus Byrne, Aurelien Froment and Tessa Giblin.
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